Aussie underdog lets golden opportunity slip
World No.2 Simona Halep has avoided a huge second round upset after being tested by Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.Halep tonight dropped the opening set and was forced to work her way back into the match, with a relentless Tomljanovic proving a difficult task for the two-time Grand Slam winner.Watch the Australian Open with live streams of every court at 9Now. Click here to start watching!Still looking to add an Australian Open title to her trophy cabinet, Halep looked destined to fall short when she trailed 5-3 in the third set as Tomljanovic served for the match.But the Romanian superstar somehow found a way, breaking back to ultimately avoid a major upset and win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.Simona Halep (Getty)”Actually I was expecting that she would play very hard and strong,” Halep said after the match.”It was more than I thought. I’m really happy I can smile now.”While the loss for Tomljanovic was a hard one to deal with, admitting she couldn’t take too much from the match after letting a golden opportunity slip. “It’s hard, very hard to talk about it right now and see any sort of positives,” she told reporters.”At the end of the day, all I wanted to do is just get a win in any way, even if it was the worst tennis ever. I think that’s my emotions speaking now.Ajla Tomljanovic (Getty)”I know it was a high-level match, but in the end, I lost – so that’s kind of what’s the dominant feeling.”I did feel like I was incredibly close. But at the same time, I knew she would never give it to me easy. She did exactly what I expected.”She raised her level. Didn’t give me much till the end.”For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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